Grapefruit Lime Spritzers

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Hand picking up a glass of Lime Grapefruit Spritzers recipe

Oh hey there. How has your week been? If the answer is good, bad or ugly, I bet you’d still take a drink, no? If so, you’re in the right place. John makes a great bartender.

Grapefruits, limes, vodka, triple sec, and tonic water

I have just the cocktail for you. It’s one that John made me a few weeks back on a random Saturday afternoon at the request of  “something grapefruity and lime-ish,” and I’ve been pining after it ever since. Freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime juice, two types of booze, and a touch of tonic water for a bubbly effect. Mmm, bubbles.

Pouring sparkling water into a glass of ice cubes

Simple cocktail perfection is what I like to call it. Or, you could call it a grapefruit lime spritzer. Your call. The grapefruit adds plenty of sweetness while the tart lime offsets it perfectly, and I don’t say that loosely. PER-FECT-LY. The booze doesn’t hurt, either. Just sayin’.

Grapefruit and slice slices on top and around glasses of grapefruit lime spritzers

Magazine reading, TV watching, dinner party, evening in for one (or two). These are are just a few occasions this drink would be perfect for. Personally, I preferred the magazine reading, but do what you will. I won’t judge.

Glasses of grapefruit lime spritzers on a ceramic and wood cutting board

Grapefruit Lime Spritzers

A simple grapefruit lime spritzer with freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime juice, 2 types of liquor, and tonic water for a bubbly effect. Simple cocktail perfection.
Author Minimalist Baker
Hand picking up a grapefruit lime spritzer
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (spritzers)
Course Beverage
Cuisine Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh


  • 1 large grapefruit (juiced // 1 large yields ~1 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces vodka (3 ounces = 6 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 ounces triple sec (1 1/2 ounces = 3 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup tonic water
  • 6-8 ice cubes (plus more for serving)


  • Add grapefruit juice, lime juice, vodka, triple sec, and ice cubes to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously to combine.
  • Add ice to serving glasses and then add a Tablespoon or two of tonic water, so the alcohol doesn’t settle at the bottom.
  • Next, pour the cocktail mixture evenly into the glasses, leaving a little room on top for more tonic water. Top off with tonic and garnish with fresh slices of grapefruit and lime. Serve immediately. Yum.


Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 spritzers Calories: 225 Carbohydrates: 16 g Protein: 0 g Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Fiber: 1.4 g Sugar: 30 g

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  1. Gwen says

    This was a great cocktail! I was making the recipe for 6 people. I ran out of grapefruits (used 4 medium size) and had to substitute oranges, but it was a smooth fruity cocktail and everyone raved about.

  2. Jenna says

    Hi Dana! Do you have any recommendations of how to make a non-alcoholic version? This looks so fretting but I don’t consume alcohol and am wondering if you can give me an alternative idea. :)

  3. Barticagyal says

    Love how everyone posted that this beverage “sounds” and “looks” amazing. I tried it and it is. Was our go to holiday beverage this year for Christmas and New Years in Mozambique.

  4. Eileen says

    I wish I’d read about this before the weekend instead of after! Boo! But yay for amazing-sounding cocktails.

  5. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says

    Wow that seriously looks so refreshing! I could use one of those right now. Gorgeous pics by the way!